I can hardly believe it– my sweet little niece is 1 already. A year really flies by fast. Well, Katie aka Mama, didn’t have a theme and told me to just go for it, so of course I went girly and picked pink. There was a coconuty carrot cake with rich cream cheese frosting and delicate royal icing flowers, and an egg-free vanilla cake with buttercream swirls for little Miss Austyn to smash and enjoy. Oh, and some pink white chocolate and raspberry macaroons with a touch of gold.
We did a smash cake session a couple of days later with Austyn all dressed up in her tutu. So much fun!
Happy first birthday sweetness,
Love Aunty KyKy xx
Valentine’s Day is a day to spread the love. It doesn’t matter if it’s love for a friend, a partner, a sibling, a child or a parent, it reminds us to tell those special people in our lives that we love them.
I love taking pictures of the oh-so-cute little people in my life and thought that a Valentine’s Day photo shoot would be perfect. I started drawing up some ideas for the photo shoot, background options, and prop options. I decided to make a super sparkly LOVE banner and had the perfect neon sparkles. I tried to keep everything else pretty neutral so that the neon would stand out and I think it turned out alright. Oh, and we threw in some candy and some heart-shaped pillows to finish it off.
I thought it would be fun to have a couple different little setups so that the babies could play around and hopefully not get too bored of me taking pics. So this was the scene on one side of the room. On the other I had hung geometric paper hearts, which I saw on this fabulous website and had to make! For a free printable pattern to make your own check out minieco.co.uk (no affiliation, I just think she is amazing!) There’s tons of fun paper projects on the site. I printed them at two different sizes so that there was a bit of variation. I was pleasantly surprised that the kidlets didn’t tear them down and although I wasn’t too concerned about it, it definitely made me smile when one had fallen down and Archer wanted to put it back up!
Happy B-Lated Valentines day everyone,
It’s been a few months since I went to Toronto to the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts but finally have the chance to share some photos with you.
Sugar flower roses, orchids and calla lilies.
Haute couture wedding cakes was one of the most anticipated sections. We got to choose a photo of a dress as inspiration. Jaquline, one of my class mates, is holding up our backdrop to take some shots of both of our cakes together.
For our wedding cake assignment, we were all given a theme as well as a few details about the clients and their weddings. Mine was to have lots of red and black. They also loved the Moulin Rouge, with a vintage circus feel. I will admit I was a bit worried by this, as it is not really in my comfort zone. In the end I was so glad that I got this theme; it really pushed me to try some new things and I loved the end result. My favourite new technique… lambeth piping, which is a technique from 1930. I adapted it to my design and then painted the piping gold. Oh, and disco dust, who couldn’t love disco dust!
Our carved cake project was made out of banana cake and Rice Krispies. My Munny’s body is made of cake and his head and legs are Rice Krispies.
The final assignment was client based (although the client was fake). It was a surprise cake for a museum curator retirement party who loved Spanish architecture and the Guggenheim. I really enjoyed making the carved stone look with modelling chocolate.
All dressed up in the chef outfit. I was ecstatic when Bonnie herself put a little pin on Vancovuer Island for me. There are pins from all over the world, and it felt pretty amazing to be a part it.
I was a little nervous when the last day came so quickly but I was also so very excited to get back to beautiful British Columbia!
For Archers first birthday I got to make him a smash cake. Free rein on colours, so I decided to make it as sunny and bright as the birthday boy himself. A yellow and orange ombre smash cake it was. I love adding liberal amounts of buttercream on smash cakes so they can get nice and messy! Also pictured here is one of the monster stuffies I made for Archer’s first birthday which were from the design of his baby shower invitations.
I started by crumb coating the cake with regular swiss meringue buttercream. Then I tinted the whole bowl with a little yellow. Pipped on a few dots of colour in the centre then added a little more colour. I just added colour to the whole bowl instead of making lots of bowls of colours because I knew it would work out with my colour scheme. So I just kept building up the coloured dots as I went along, I did about two rows for each addition. Then once the whole cake was covered in buttercream in the ombre colour effect, I used a pallet knife to smooth it out and add texture in a kind of messy rustic way. You can also see that I went ahead and used vanilla bean paste in this buttercream which I normally wouldn’t do because you can see the little black specs, but I love the taste and thought it added a bit of that rustic feel.
The smash cake photo shoot was priceless and oh so cute!
Photo by Livia Supplie
My best friend Danielle was getting married, and as Maid of Honour I wanted to throw her the best bridal shower and staggette I could. With the help from the other bridesmaids, Mariah Meyers and Bethany Farnell, we planned two events that would happen on one weekend we hoped Danielle would love.
Lots of ideas were thrown around, but we wanted to make sure that Danielle would really enjoy both of these parties. We decided to have the staggette over on Tree Island for the day. We got Mariah’s husband and friend to boat us over and we spent the day on the beach with a gas powered blender making Miami Vises (If you are unsure of what this is, they are delicious and simple to make. Make a batch of strawberry Daiquiris and a batch of Pina Coladas fill the glass up with half of each, and enjoy!) and barbequing burgers. It was a beautiful day and just right for Danielle.
The next day we had the bridal shower in my backyard. We decided a brunch party would be fitting and fun. The menu was waffles, eggs, bacon, fruit, mimosas and for our gluten intolerant friends, gluten free waffles too! It is always nice The lovely Katie even made cupcakes for desert.
The girls helped me create a fun back drop out of crate paper, which also hid some walls and shed that weren’t so pretty. It worked great and made the space feel completely different. We also set up a few lawn games around the yard for people to play while we got brunch together.
We included recipe cards with the invitations, so that guests could leave a favorite recipe or “their husbands favorite” recipe for the couple. As a gift, we decided that what Danielle and Wayne needed most, was some time away, as they were not going on a honeymoon right away. I talked to the lovely ladies at the King Fisher Spa and Resort and we set up an account. Each person was then able to phone in and put towards the gift as much as they were able. We ended up sending Danielle and Wayne to the Kingfisher for a three night stay, including a West Coast Hydropath. The weekend was a success and so much fun for all.
We Love you guys!
Thank you to all the ladies who helped, and to Mrs. Dorran for taking photos with my camera! Thanks to Lee at Always Invited Event Rentals, for the rentals of the dishes, glass wear and cutlery, it really added polished feel to the event.
In honor of little Miss P’s first birthday, I thought I would share some photos from her baby shower. It is very hard for me to believe this was over a year ago already.
It started with the invitations, for which I drew inspiration from the sweet nursery that Coco had put together for her baby girl. Then I just had to put the whale from the invite onto the cake. I also made some chocolate cupcakes and gave them two flavours of buttercream, peanut butter and raspberry.
When planning baby showers and other parties I enjoy having some sort of organized game, but I try to find something I or all the attendees haven’t already played. This can be a tough task but, I cam upon Baby Price Is Right, and I was sold. Check out the instructions here - http://www.bellybelly.com.au/pregnancy/baby-shower-games
It also doubles as a gift if you buy all of the items on your list. After the game you can give them to the mom to be. Make sure to have a piece of paper, I prefer to use card stock, that way if they dont have a hard surface to write on its still doable, and some freshly sharpened pencils for each person. Placed in a cute jar with coordinating ribbon adds to the decore. Other decorations we had were, wooden block letters at the dollar store, spray painted and then covered the front with fabric that matched the invitations.
A huge thank you to my aunty, Ava, for hosting the shower at her home, decorating and feeding the gang.
Thanks Coco for having such a wonderful baby girl! Oh, and Coco may be doing some blog posts here soon! She is super crafty and artsy and when the two of us start cooking up ideas they kind of explode all over the place. It’s fun and I thought it would be great to share it with the rest of you.
I love being a part of weddings so I was thrilled when Don and Louise called me and asked if I would decorate their wedding. I was a little overwhelmed tho, so I asked my wonderful and talented cousin, Nicole to help me on this project.
We couldn’t have asked for better clients. Don and Louise were so fun and open to any ideas we had. In fact after the first visit we had with them where we met at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa, and told them a few ideas we had, they didn’t want to know anything more. This was also a bit daunting, but a very interesting challenge we had to overcome. In the end it was amazing and too see how surprised and delighted they both were, it was definitely worth it for them and for us.
We had fun coming up with some special touches. Like this sign which pointed to both their home towns in Nautical Miles, something we thought we resonate with them as they both work for an airline. We also added in some French touches as Louise’s family is from Quebec. And sun umbrellas for Nana, Don’s 98 year old grandma who couldn’t stay out in the sun too long.
I think our favorite part was the dance party. They got married in front of the gazebo in the courtyard and then enjoyed dinner on the patio. They were then lead down to the sandpiper room to dance the night away. We made colourful pompoms and strung them up to the ceiling with mini lights to create an atmosphere fit for these two love birds. A huge thanks to the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and spa they were so wonderful to work with and what a gorgeous place to tie the not. Another thank you to Lee at Always Invited Event Rentals for all the rentals: table runners, napkins charger plates, chair ties, bar tables and bar chairs, if you need any rentals for an upcoming event be sure to check her out.
-KyKy + CoCo